Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ups and downs in the next 7 days

In classic Kansas fashion, the weather motto over the next 7 days is" Don't get too used to it."  Warmer temperatures will be sandwiched in between two cold spells.

Weather map for Friday morning, 1/18. (maps: courtesy of HPC.  Additional weather elements added by yours truly)

Weather map for Sunday morning, 1/20. 

Weather map for Tuesday morning, 1/22.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Rodney's Top 5 Kansas weather events of 2012

Around this time of year, you're used to seeing a "Top Ten (or Five) List" about big news events of the previous year.  Below is my list: "Rodney's Top Five Kansas Weather Events of 2012.  You may have your own opinions on what was and wasn't weather worthy but hey, that's OK.  You're always free to write up your own list!

5) October 18 dust storm (image courtesy of the Wichita NWS)

Intense NW winds of 50-55 mph developed across much of the viewing area and with the extreme drought (see #1) a dust storm developed over southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas.  Wichita saw the dust invade by early afternoon and by the next morning, some of it was in the air over the Deep South!

4) May 30 storms
First it was a cluster of late-afternoon storms that produced 1-2" hail over Wichita.  The second of the one-two punch was a southeastward-racing storm that produced winds up to 70 mph and the nasty looking shelf cloud above.  It also knocked power out at my home for over 5 hours.

3) April 14 outbreak (image courtesy of Brandon Ivey)

Salina nearly got hit and Wichita did but not a single person lost their life in Kansas. 54 tornadoes touched in Kansas, exceeding the April 26, 1991 tornado outbreak (26).

2) Harveyville tornado: February 28, 2012

My hometown took a direct hit from an EF-2 tornado, which raced through town at nearly 75 mph!  It took the life of my folk's neighbor and damaged about 40% of the town's structures.  See here for the link detailing the recovery effort.

1) Heat/drought

This should come as no surprise: easily the weather event of the year and which unfortunately continues into 2013.  Wichita recorded its warmest year ever on record, along with 36 triple-digit days.  Wichita also recorded just over 25" of precipitation for the year, over 7.5" below normal!  Other spots in the state were 10-12" below normal!